The Parc Natural dels Aiguamolls de l'Empordà (created by the Law 21/1983, 28th October, for the protection of the marshes of l'Empordà) was declared a protected area after a long and intense defence campaign begun in 1976, intended to avoid the development of the area.
The Parc itself is made up of three principal areas:
The "Estanys" reserve: With great areas of cane fields, bullrushes and floodplains.
The "Llaunes" reserve:
With coastal lakes, saltmarshes and dunes.
The "Illa de Caramany" reserve:
Situated in the middle of the Fluvià, where a large quantity of birds nest.
The flora in this protected area is found to be associated mainly with the semi-flood- or flooded plains, and therefore it is possible to see the presence of plants typical in this type of environment such as salicor (Athrocnenmum, on the seabed), European Beach Grass (Ammophila arenaria, found on the sands along the beachfront) and the Yellow Flag Iris (Iris pseudacorus).
Finally, one must not leave out the considerable representation of fauna which can be found in the area, and it is necessary to emphasise the presence of the Otter (Lutra Lutra) and the White Stork (Ciconia Ciconia), species which were successfully reintroduced some years ago, and the Threespine Stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeafus) and the Killifish (Aphanius iberus), two fish which are typical in these waters and unique to the area.
Total: 4.783.5 ha
Polygon 1: 2.364.5 ha
Polygon 2: 2.419 ha
Integral Nature Reserves:
Total: 867.5 ha
RI 1 (in Polygon 1): 334 ha
RI 2 (in Polygon 2): 532 ha
RI 3 (in Polygon 2): 1 ha
Sant Pere Pescador
Pedret i Marzà
Services and facilities:
School of the Lagoons El Cortalet.
Documentation Centre El Cortalet.
Wild Animal Recovery Centre.
Meteorological station, with the collaboration of the INM (National Institute for Meteorology).
Itinerary through the lagoons. Integral Reserve 2, from El Cortalet.
Bird observatories of the Vilaüt lagoon, the Massona lagoon, the Gall Marí pond, the Closa del Puig and the Closa de les Daines.
Stork Breeding Centre, with the collaboration of the Barcelona Zoo.
Fallow Deer Recovery Centre.
El Cortalet - Cra. de Sant Pere Pescador km 13,6
17486 Castelló d'Empúries
Telephone: 972 45 42 22
Fax: 972 45 44 74